Daniel Vincent Gerant

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Daniel Vincent Gerant, 67, a resident of rural Fort Scott, Kan., passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born March 2, 1945, in Pittsburg, Kan., the son of John Martin Gerant and Louise Oberzan Gerant. Dan graduated from Southeast High School in Cherokee, Kan., and later attended both Fort Scott Community College and Pittsburg State University. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Dan married Ruby Ann Zimmerman on July 1, 1978, at the Gerant Family Home in Fleming, Kan. During his life, Dan worked in construction and for General Motors in Kansas City, Mo. In 1988, Dan and his family moved to the old Zimmerman Farm. It was there that Dan raised vegetable gardens and cared for his small herd of cows. He also enjoyed refinishing antique furniture and tinkering in his shop.

Dan is survived by his wife, Ruby; two daughters, Kimberly Zoe Hathaway and husband, Brandon, and Jacqueline Lee Shadden and husband, David, all of rural Fort Scott; three grandchildren, Nicolas Alan Hathaway, Seth Daniel Shadden and Hailey Marie Shadden. Also surviving are a brother, Mike Gerant and wife, JoAnn, Peculiar, Mo.; and two sisters, Lorene Sparks and husband, Max, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Mimi Gaines and husband, Bob, Victoria, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John "Jack" Gerant and Tom Gerant.

There was a cremation. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at the Centerville Cemetery near Devon, Kan. Family and friends will meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel on Friday, prior to leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Following the graveside service, the family will gather at the Cheney Witt Carriage House, 301 S. Main, for a light lunch and fellowship. Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.